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Re: Ilfracombe to Exmouth - any route suggestions?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2015 - 1:23am
http://www.opencyclemap.org/?zoom=10&lat=50.82367&lon=-3.50808&layers=B0000

Using above link it could work to follow route 27 down to Okehamton then route 28 to Bovey Tracy then from there across to Dawlish from where you can follow a leisurely (flat) section of Route 2 around the Exe estuary to Exmouth.

Last year I followed the coast around the South West so cycled 28 from where route 3 joins at Sheepwash to Barnstaple which is mostly an old railway - a fair chunk of it unsealed not that that would be an issue on anything other than a maybe racing bike. I can't comment on route 28 as I have never cycled it but it is a pre-planned route that goes in the right direction! I did however ride this unmarked section from Bovey Tracey to Dawlish (going the other way) and succeeded in avoiding major/dodgy roads:http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6971962 If you want to emphasise the training part you can continue from Exmouth to Axmouth along route 2 - some gradients on that section definitely got my heart rate going with a loaded bike but is a nice stretch of coast. I was camping so can offer no advice on accommodation unfortunately.

Re: Superhighway

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2015 - 1:09am
TonyR wrote:What beggars belief is you are asking me to prove things I've said while posting as authoritative stuff you've made up. Why?
It's not made up and I've been quite clear all along about what my claims are based on. You can decry them as whatever you like, but the sources are there for all to see, rather than the lurkers supporting them by email, or simply ignoring the requests to substantiate the claim that Royal College Street "was causing more accidents than before" or various other questions I guess you found too awkward.
By protected space, ideally I mean what you see at http://www.makingspaceforcycling.org/#primary but I admit that I do still use some of the better mixed-use paths alongside roads, despite their drawbacks.
Based on your link it seems we are talking at crossed purposes. What you are calling protected space for cyclists is what I call cycling with controlled motor traffic - controlled not by segregation or separation but by road layout and speed restrictions.
Some of them have green spaces or whatever between carriageway and cycleway but it's still spaces that motor vehicles are discouraged from entering, which I think is key. While imperfect, what's proposed in London is still a huge step forwards from Torrington Place or the current reality of riding around Paddington - as long as it doesn't get compromised into uselessness under pressure from Armitt and others.

Re: Veloscenic France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2015 - 12:44am
There is a lot of dirt. (cycle.travel will tell you how many kms are off-road.)
e.g. Chartres to Domfront
Total length: 227km (17 hours). Includes 300m on major roads; 800m pushing; 64.6km unsurfaced (estimate)

I didn't notice any wind issues - W-E was just the direction I happened to be going.

Northern France is quieter than I expected, but woods to camp in were plentiful.

Jon

Re: Superhighway

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2015 - 12:33am
mjr wrote:I've ridden it years ago but I'm not sure I have since the Torrington Place one opened. I was also trying to check the layout hadn't changed to make the taxis a bigger problem.

Sorry but then your views on the routes are no more than uninformed guesswork based on viewing a few Google images. The roads around that area have changed dramatically in layout since you rode them and you have no idea what its really like riding round there now.

What beggars belief is you are asking me to prove things I've said while posting as authoritative stuff you've made up. Why?


By protected space, ideally I mean what you see at http://www.makingspaceforcycling.org/#primary but I admit that I do still use some of the better mixed-use paths alongside roads, despite their drawbacks.

Based on your link it seems we are talking at crossed purposes. What you are calling protected space for cyclists is what I call cycling with controlled motor traffic - controlled not by segregation or separation but by road layout and speed restrictions.

Re: Touring in Norway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2015 - 12:22am
>>Edit thought this thread was this year <<< oops
Hi, I'm doing a 3/4 week tour in August of Norway
its my first tour and I'm doing it alone. (I'm 20)

I'm planning on flying to Oslo and cycling to Bergen then taking a few days/week to get boat up on of the fjords and relax before flying home to Ireland. I'm planning on cycling to geilo and then to Voss because I think its an official cycle route that's done very year by lots of people. I might do the Rallarvegen.. if that's not the same thing? or it might overlap the route from geilo to Voss, I'm not sure.
Seeing as your 16 or you scared at all? like with camping in the wild etc.? I'm terrified but I'm forcing myself to do it. I think I'm scared of quitting more than anything though.
Anyway I wish you good luck in your travels
(first post)

Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2015 - 12:01am
WEAR SUNGLASSES IF IT'S BRIGHT.
Or stay at home and do some maintenance on the bike.
Personally I just go for a ride , the sun position is never an issue.
Are people on here actually complaining about sunny days ?????

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Re: East West C2C Spanish Pyrenees Tour.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 February 2015 - 11:38pm
I find myself in a similar position to that you were in about a year ago - I've noticed this seemingly unnamed route through the Pyrenees on the OpenCycleMap website and think it has great potential but am struggling to find a whole lot of information on it. Fortunately you came back and posted about your experiences which is very helpful and now I feel as though I can't really not have a go at this after your review!:

It was by far the most rewarding thing I have done in my life. I thought it might satiate my desire to cycle tour but I can't help but think of the next time I can cycle through a mountainous area and find myself daydreaming about it constantly.

So I was wondering if you happen to have a blog or something about your trip? I'm not overly concerned about the scary looking contours of this region or the off road tracks as I 'should' be able to cope with that (famous last words) but I am just looking for some basic practical information about camping spots (wild camping easy/cheap campsites?) and supply points along the route (are there plenty of villages with stores or is it a case of coming very well loaded with food?).

My route would be roughly starting at the Med (in the summer) then following this all the way to San Sebastian then from there up the French EV1 route back to England.

Cheers

Re: Santander to Biarritz

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 February 2015 - 10:58pm
I did this route in a day and a half last year. Just follow the N road. first stop 10 miles east of Bilbao and second in Biarritz. couple of tips: follow main road into Bilbao and cross over at transporter bridge. Follow cycle route east out or San Sebastián and ride along the dual carriageway into Irun. You will get honked at but it is perfectly legal. Once in France roads easier to follow.

Re: On the way home from shopping

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2015 - 10:56pm
deliquium wrote:Mick F wrote:That box is brilliant.
It's light and strong and it's lockable too.
I bought it from UK Shelving, but it seems they don't do them any more.

A quick Google brings these up identical to mine.
http://www.3d-cases.co.uk/defender-alum ... -cases.php

My choice for the LARGE Carry Freedom trailer
1 x FAE.003387 @ £233

OUCH
Sounds about right for what I paid for my box.
I've also cut 1/3 out of the middle of the box and pop riveted the two parts back together as I didn't need to full size box.
Plus you can now see my rack mounted read dynamo light over the top of the box.

Ilfracombe to Exmouth - any route suggestions?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 February 2015 - 10:31pm
I'm planning on doing a Devon Coast to Coast route as part of a short tour in May

I will be starting the Day in Ilfracombe and probably finishing in Exmouth, or somewhere along that coast

I'll probably start with the official Coast to Coast route as far as Barnstable, and maybe even as far as Okehampton as I would like the day to be around 100 miles and see some of (or the best of Dartmoor), but I would like to finish in Exeter, Exmouth, or somewhere further east along that coast

I don't mind if it's a little further than 100 miles, and hills are good - it's a training ride

Does anyone have any route suggestions, tips, do's and don'ts, or accomodation suggestions for 4 cyclists (B&B's or cheap hotels rather than camping)?

Re: Motorist caught out by cycle cam

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2015 - 10:26pm
Typical sloppy spelling - without the final e the word means observant.

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - knackered old MTB vs Brand new to

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 February 2015 - 10:25pm
A bike with drop handlebars can feel very different from one with straight bars. I like both, but if I'm riding all day, every day, I tend to choose the bike with the straight bars. You want to be sure that you'll be comfortable with drops before committing yourself.

Re: Recommendations for UK trip with children in trailer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 February 2015 - 10:02pm
If it's just a short visit I'd recommend the Tarka Trail between Braunton and Great Torrington via Barnstaple. This is easy off-road cycling with plenty of stops and child-friendly diversions. I can't suggest any particular accommodation but there are many hotels, guest houses and camp sites. You're at the seaside or beside the river with great views.

Re: Recommendations for UK trip with children in trailer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 February 2015 - 10:01pm
The bit from Barnstaple to Bideford is flat, well tarmaced and has only a few gates. The bit from Bideford round to Torrington is also well tarmaced and again only has a few gates. The bit from Torrington up to East Yarde does climb and towards the end can get quite muddy, but is actually in my view the prettiest bit (with the middle bit following up in second). Also at East Yarde you have Yarde Orchard, which is a really nice place to eat and stay. The bunk house can be books for exclusive use, or I think there is a family room you can book. Either way its dirt cheap,or they have yurts which are cool. The food is lovely there as well.

Re: Recommendations for UK trip with children in trailer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 February 2015 - 9:50pm
Can anyone please tell me the 'best' parts of the tarka trail to cycle on with trailer? Also any places to stay that anyone can recommend too? thanks in advance

Re: Recommendations for UK trip with children in trailer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 February 2015 - 9:23pm
Except that most off road routes are difficult or impossible with a trailer. Tarka Trail is one of the few that has reasonable barriers. But a group of all-ability cyclists worked very hard to get access for users with wider equipment and?or difficulties maneuvering it.

Re: Recommendations for UK trip with children in trailer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 February 2015 - 9:12pm
Whether you like or loathe Sustrans, their routes can be ideal for short distance touring with kids.

The off road routes especially have lots of sculptures, interactive and with tactile which will keep the kids amused

All you have to do is choose the route

Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2015 - 9:00pm
pwa wrote:I think if I were directly lined up with the sun, from the driver's point of view, my flasher would be unnoticed. Then my silhouette would be more use. But if I were slightly to one side of the sun, again from the driver's point of view, the flasher might help. It's not perfect, I know, but I'm happy to use anything that helps some of the time. And as I always have a rear light available, the possibility that it might help is reason enough to switch it on.



this, just may give you a chance, you only know of the ones that dont.....

Re: Motorist caught out by cycle cam

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2015 - 8:56pm
Postboxer wrote:Surely a vigilante would have smashed in some lights or windows at the very least? What's vigilante about reminding someone that they are likely to kill someone if they carry on being a $£@#?
Quite (#2 ). It's the word used by the DM, not by me (nor anyone else on this forum).

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - knackered old MTB vs Brand new to

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 February 2015 - 8:44pm
Touring bikes are not called that for nothing. Sell the MTB, add the £250 you were going to spend (plus hidden extras once you take it to the shop) plus the rack and you will almost be at the £550 for a proper, well thought out, well regarded on this forum machine.

Do it now, get some miles in and make sure you have long conversation with Edinburgh about what size to buy.....if you are planning to spend long hours in the saddle ask them to put an extra spacer in, below the handlebars, because it will raise the bars up a bit and you will not be quite so bent over, ie your back won't ache as much. Have a good trip.
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